I am curious to see what movies had an original song (or album) composed for the movie itself.

I phrased it this way: What are the top five soundtracks... but it was closed as being off topic because for two reasons.

First, it asks for a list, which I understand is not the type of question which should be asked for this Q&A site.

I thought about asking it like this:

Is there a website listing movie soundtracks where at least one of the songs was composed for the movie?

But that only skirts around the issue by asking the same question a different way.

The second issue brought up is that the question is more music trivia rather than movie related. This makes me wonder if the question can be rephrased to the point of being relevant and still obtaining the answer I want.

There is a "soundtrack" tag and I'm asking it as it pertains to a movie so it seems like it should pass as a valid topic.

Could I have an idea of how to make this a well-worded question and stay within the guidelines of the site?

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Soundtracks (to me at least) are a very interesting thing to discuss.

Depending on the question, they are more towards the music trivia aspect of the spectrum and obviously would not belong here. But they can be on-topic, when talking about the effect the sounds have on the movie.

Let's take a look at the questions we currently have tagged as , shall we?

  • Does Dread have an official soundtrack?

    This one I feel can be a bit trivia-like as it is purely a yes/no question and mostly the only reason it hasn't been closed yet is because it was asked when the site first came about and we didn't have the current moderators at that point.

  • Soundtrack of the Thing

    This one has the most promise as it is asking about a deviation of a composer into a vastly different style. But it's greatest strength, is also its greatest weakness as that in itself is a music trivia about a score in a movie. However, if people are in agreement, we will keep this one as it does open up possibilities about famous movie-only composers/musicians known only for their movie performances.

  • Sci-fi movie that may have never existed

    This one isn't really about a soundtrack and is just using a music piece to help identify something so it does not actually count for this tag.

  • What is the theme song for House of Cards?

    This one is a bit of a curious case to me as well as it is asking a bit of trivia, but one could argue that the main theme song for a piece is very important to know and understand why it was chosen as such. While this question is not asking why but what it gets borderline for that reason alone, but can be a great example of a soundtrack question if formatted that way.

  • Why are sounds dubbed in post-production?

    A good example of a sound related question asking a general question about movie/tv sounds in general and why they are put in when they are put in. An important piece of knowledge to understand editing techniques and proper production values.

  • Sennentuntschi official soundtrack

    Coming back to the same argument as the Dread question as it is basically asking what songs are in it and that's it. Borderline on these types, honestly.

So in general, this tag can have potential, and it can have pitfalls. Unfortunately, I cannot think of a proper way to make sure your question doesn't just turn into a piece of music trivia. Even though you're asking for sales, it doesn't really bring in much of an appreciation for the movies just because their soundtracks sold well nor does it really accomplish anything other than pure trivia.

I do appreciate you coming here to discuss this, however; and someone else may have a better idea for you, but I, do not.

  • The reason I added sales is because I wanted to add a quantitative measure to make the question objective. For instance, I think Batdance by Prince is far more superior than Cool World by David Bowie. Someone might think differently; so if you were going to list them from most popular to least popular, what would you use? Thus, the sales measure. Honestly, the main answer I'm looking for is a list of original music composed for a film. Unfortunately, that covers a very wide scope and goes back to the list thing :P
    – ray
    Apr 9, 2012 at 13:57
  • Based on your answer, this soundtrack tag is going to be very tricky. :D I do not see a good way to ask my question; but I appreciate your feedback. I've really enjoyed the popular questions here and want to see this site succeed.
    – ray
    Apr 9, 2012 at 13:57
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    @ray023 Thanks! And I hope you stick around to help :). As I've said, while sales is a very objective way of looking at things, it comes back to a plain old trivia question that relates more to the music world IMO than the movie world. (I stress the IMO because I could be wrong, but this is how I measure it)
    – Tablemaker
    Apr 9, 2012 at 16:19

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